WordPress just released WordPress version 2.6.1 Beta 1. The trend is to release a dot one release about a month after a dot zero release. Typically a WordPress dot one release is focused on bug fixes from the previous version. This is not a critical update for any high risk vulnerabilities.
A couple of the more interesting bug fixes are:
- Allow disabling password reset per-user.
- Query functions now allow a comma-separated list of post_status values.
- Several more link generation bits are made SSL-aware.
- Advertise the Atom 1.0 feed in the default theme.
- Atom API uses the newer WP authentication functions.
- Fix for an object caching bug in plugin updates.
A beta release is simply a preview of the final release to the community to help troubleshoot any last minutes bugs or issues. The final WordPress 2.6.1 update should be available within a week or two.
As always the WebDevStudios team will install any new release in our testing environment to verify there are no problems or issues with the upgrade. Once approved we will begin upgrading websites still under a support contract.